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Assistant Chief Fire Officer vacancy


At Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, we are at an exciting stage in our development and we are actively seeking a dynamic and inspirational individual to join our Strategic Leadership Team as Assistant Chief Fire Officer – Service Support, to support us as we move to the next stage of our journey.

Our combination in April 2016 made us one of the largest Fire and Rescue Services in England with circa 1,000 firefighters at 50 stations, protecting a population of 1.45 million people over 2,500 square miles, but we firmly believe combination was just the beginning.

As we enter 2019, the Service continues to move forward and is seeking opportunities to develop and improve ways of working, introduce innovative solutions and work more closely with partners.

The counties of Dorset and Wiltshire are great places to live and work. Apart from our many areas of outstanding natural beauty, vibrant communities and friendly people there is an operational complexity that will need to tap into your potential and provide you with real challenge.

The successful candidate will be expected to relocate within the Service area, for which a relocation package is available, and you must obviously pass pre-employment vetting and health checks relevant to the operational requirements of the role.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to visit our website for information about the Service and local area: www.dwfire.org.uk


Joining our principal officer team in an area with an extensive and varied risk profile, candidates will need solid operational experience in a UK fire and rescue service context, coupled with well-developed leadership skills to inspire teams in times of consolidation and change.

Candidates must be operationally competent at strategic manager level and have current UKFRS operational experience at Area Manager level or above. You will also have:

As well as needing to evidence your experience against the above requirements, we would also like you to describe your experience against each of the elements in the job description and person specification within your application for this position. A full job description and person specification are attached, together with a terms and conditions document.

Application Process

Our recruitment and assessment processes are based on our behavioural framework (‘RESPECT’). This framework, which is available on our website, reflects the values of the DWFRS and will be a key feature throughout selection for this role.

We want the very best strategic leaders, so you will be part of a competitive selection process that consists of a series of staged assessments including:

Your CV and supporting statement should not exceed 10 sides of A4 paper and should detail:

In addition to the above, you are expected to provide evidence of a report that you have written to Elected Members and/or a Strategic Leadership Team (please include an anonymised copy of this report as an appendix to your application).

To apply, please send your CV, supporting statement and report to [email protected] by midnight on Thursday 28 February 2019. Shortlisting will take place on 7 March 2019.

Only shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete online psychometric tests. It is anticipated that the full assessment process will be held on 26 and 27 March 2019.

Chief Fire Officer Ben Ansell is happy to discuss the post informally with candidates and can be contacted at [email protected] or on his mobile 07786 174221 (please note, if there is no answer, please leave your contact details and CFO Ansell will return your call).

Additional Information

This is a politically restricted post under the Local Government & Housing Act 1989 (as amended) and as such, the postholder will be subject to political restrictions. The postholder will be expected to maintain political neutrality in relation to the work of the Authority.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is committed to elimination of unlawful or unfair discrimination and will seek to ensure that no applicant for employment is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be justified and will seek to ensure that all existing and potential employees are given equal opportunities.

We operate the Disability Confident (Two Ticks) Guaranteed Interview Scheme for disabled candidates.  Please tell us in confidence if this applies to you, or if there are any reasonable adjustments that would help you apply for this post.

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